A Birmingham-based catering firm, which pleaded guilty to six offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2008, was ordered to pay £1,900 at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (16 April 2015).
Trishaz Treat Limited, based on Great Western Industrial Estate, Great Western Close, Winson Green, was ordered to pay £1,000 in fines and £900 towards court costs.
Birmingham City Council brought a case against the company after environmental health officers found evidence of mouse activity throughout the premises during a routine inspection on 17 March 2014.
Mark Croxford, Head of Environmental Health for Birmingham City Council, said: “Officers inspecting Trishaz Treat Limited found filthy conditions and mouse droppings throughout the premises during an inspection on 17 March 2014, and the premises was formally closed as the rodent activity presented an imminent risk to public health.
“Mouse droppings were found on kitchen equipment, including a chopping board and a saucepan, as well as packets of fennel seeds which had been gnawed by mice. Food handlers showed little appreciation for food hazards such as cross-contamination and were working amid heavy pest activity.
“Environmental health officers worked with the business to rectify the poor standards and the business reopened on 19 March 2014 as no further evidence of mouse activity was found at Trishaz Treat Limited. The company now employ a pest control firm and has a fully-documented food safety management system in place.”
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